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Malaysia’s Trade In February Rose 17.5% To RM184.75 Billion

Malaysia trade for February rose by 17.5% to RM184.75 billion compared to February 2021, the 13th consecutive month of double-digit growth. Exports surpassed RM100 billion marks for the first time for the month of February, increased by 16.8% to RM102.27 billion. This was also the seventh consecutive month of double-digit growth. Imports expanded by 18.4% […]

Post-pandemic Asean: Reframing development priorities in Asean

As was perhaps inevitable, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is facing the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, with cases rapidly rising over the past few weeks — Malaysia, for example, is seeing its highest-ever infection numbers. However, as most countries in Asean have now received vaccine supplies sufficient for double-dosing, the economy […]

Malaysia records the most active jobseekers, driven by search for higher pay

MALAYSIA continued to register the highest number of active jobseekers in Asia, according to the 2022 Hays Asia Salary Guide.  Now in its 15th edition, the Guide compiled and presented salary and sector overviews based on real data and a survey of skilled professionals across China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore.  

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Chemical found in leafy greens shown to slow growth of COVID-19 and common cold viruses

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center report evidence from lab experiments that a chemical derived from a compound found abundantly in broccoli and other cruciferous plants may offer a potentially new and potent weapon against the viruses that cause COVID-19 and the common cold. COVID-19 has already killed more than 6 million people worldwide, and […]

Expert: We Are Now in a Time When There Is ‘Widespread Adoption of Biosimilars’ in Health Care

Pharmacy Times interviewed Shannon Hough, director of ClinReview in Clinical Content for McKesson, on the growing shift to biosimilars in oncology, which is impacting patients and practices by reducing the financial burden of oncology treatments and increasing access to therapies resulting in greater medication adherence.

Knowing When to Apply Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 technologies are tools CDMOs can use to meet customer needs, not an end in and of themselves. For some projects, traditional systems will be the better option and understanding this is vital. So says Sebastien Ribault, PhD, head, end-to-end solutions, life science business, Merck KGaA, who advocates for a technology agnostic approach to […]


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Over 150,000 tons of total reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent recorded in 2021, says minister

KUALA LUMPUR (March 22): Local authorities in the country have recorded a total reduction in greenhouse (GHG) emissions in 2021, totalling 157,923.23 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent for low carbon zones.

FRIM optimistic of expanding forestry expertise globally

KUALA LUMPUR – In line with its establishment over 90 years ago, the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) remains optimistic about providing the best input through research and development (R&D) in the sustainable management of forest resources in the country.

Framework on Malaysia’s carbon deal in the offing

THE Environment and Water Ministry (KASA) plans to prepare a framework for a carbon deal and is in discussion with Bursa Malaysia to establish a single entity in all carbon transactions in Malaysia. Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (picture) said any states that want to manage their carbon must go through the federal government or […]

“We haven’t really pushed the boundaries in treating mixed residual waste”

Dr Stephen Wise, Chief Strategic Development Officer for biotechnology business Advetec, talks about the need to improve recycling rates as well as hold producers accountable and how green technology is also essential for the waste management sector.


Soon we’ll all be tucking into algae, as the EU gives the industry a boost

LONDON, March 20 — Ever heard of wakame, nori or spirulina? These are all types of algae. Currently still quite niche, these marine foods are expected to take a larger place on our plates in the coming years. For nutritional, but also environmental reasons, Europe plans to promote the algae industry via a digital stakeholder […]

SMART SSB berjaya catat manfaat lebih baik – Ronald

KUALA LUMPUR: Pelaksanaan konsep SMART Sawah Berskala Besar (SMART SBB) mencatatkan manfaat lebih baik, dengan pengurusan lebih efisien yang bermatlamat mempertingkat produktiviti dan pengeluaran padi serta beras negara.

Why comparative, not competitive, advantage is key to Indonesia’s seaweed success

According to FAO (2020), Indonesia produced 9.3 million tonnes of seaweed in 2018 (29 percent of the global total) – capitalising on the country’s 99,000 km coastline. This makes it second only to China, which produced 18.6 tonnes, in the global seaweed rankings.

IN FOCUS: As aquaculture booms, what role can small fish farms play in helping Singapore achieve its food security goals?

SINGAPORE: In the waters off the north-western coast of Pulau Ubin, Timothy Ng’s fish farm gently bobs up and down as each wave passes. Away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, everything is quiet except for the occasional bark from dogs at nearby fish farms.


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